Philosophy – “Why a Legal System should Ignore a Criminal’s Remorse” – 12/6/2021

“What is Justice, if not blind? If a world considers the emotions of a wrong doer, then there will be praiseworthy wrong doers.”

– Modern Romanticism

Justice is blind. It should not consider the remorse of the criminal, because itself is kept upon the peace of society. The peace of society, that the criminal had disrupted, is always for Justice to enact itself upon the individual who was against the social life. That is, Justice is correct to operate against those who rebel against society.

It was always due to ignorance that the person, now named a criminal, had done a wrong. Since we are ignorant always of what is not close to us, would then make society always a place for rebellion’s sake and causes. When society is rebelled against, it is always criminal behavior, due to how ignorant is to the mind of a person who could not be close to their environments. A rebellion against an environment is to never find their surroundings familiar. In contrast, the familiarity of one’s own child will not be received with as much likelihood of rebellion. Although, even if the child is neglected, it is a crime to be considered from those the criminal personally knew to be more of a shock. If to rebel against society is seen as the norm, however, then both ignorance and crime dealt from such ignorance also are.

We cannot consider what we are in knowledge of, such as our children, as able to be rebelled against without the literal definition of betrayal being applied. If society is meant to change, if systems are meant to be improved, if structure is meant to be rebuilt, then none of this can compare to things always familiar.

It is the knowledge of what is familiar that becomes something seen as unchangeable. It was not meant to be, in a protector’s eyes, altered or damaged. Though, the remorse of a person is clear for what they know. If any criminal act, even one of genuine betrayal, is understood by Justice, then it would not even consider the remorse from even those crimes considered most personal or emotional. When in consideration of remorse, Justice releases its own blindfold. Justice becomes aware. Though, Justice is meant to consider how an individual has disrupted the peace of society. If it considers what society thinks of an individual, then it becomes social justice. Social justice is only for the purpose of noting what a collective can do for an individual. If that were the place of actual Justice, then we will inevitably praise crime and wrongdoing. That is because this method of awareness for crime and wrongdoing, when perpetrated out of ignorance against society, will only consider what is meant to be aware of the individual, the criminal. There is then no legal system. In these aware methods for social justice, there would not be the understanding of what such crime, out of ignorance, has caused.

We view the emotional cases, as viewing a criminal for perhaps murdering their own child, as more shocking than to kill a stranger. However, it is the murderer’s betrayal of what is known of that person, that they became content in believing their loved one should receive damage, instead of protection. No one will defend society, because it is what is there for rebellion’s sake. However, humans are perhaps cursed to dwell among society, making it their inevitable habitat. If society receives endless change, then it will receive the same treatment of rebellion. Knowing only the ignorance of the criminal to that society is how Justice should operate. It is since their ignorance is always born upon the eternal understanding of society as unfamiliar.

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